| Dr Rory Miller with his family
Dr Rory Miller is a Fellow of the College and the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (the Division). As such, you may not be surprised to hear that he’s a strong advocate of rural health issues, but you may not know that he’s just created a new rural research blog where interested parties can learn, share and discuss newly published research relevant to this scope of medicine.
Leaning on Fence Posts is a free, open-access web page. It has no paid adverts, Rory established this of his on volition and is funding it himself. He hopes the blog, which will publish research reviews every other month, will be of interest to colleagues from the Rural GP Chapter and the Division. We asked him how he got the idea and what he hopes to achieve:
Q: What inspired you to start the research blog?
There is nothing in this space currently in New Zealand. There are research review reports that cover many other topics/specialities including general practice, but nothing that addresses the rural context. Rural academia in New Zealand is in its infancy and we thought this was a way to disseminate this information. Ownership lies with the newly established Rural Section within the University of Otago, but any research that is relevant to rural NZ is welcome!
Q: What value do you hope it will offer to rural researchers and medical practitioners?
It offers a way to showcase research that is relevant to rural New Zealand from all health disciplines, put it into the public space for people to digest, and allow people to use in their practice.
Comments and opinion are welcomed on individual articles, as discussion may help clarify or consolidate any practice points, or open up collaboration and further research. We hope clinicians will use it to get up-to-date, rurally relevant, research to inform their practice.